Excited for India `test`, says returning James Faulkner


Former Australia skipper Michael Clarke has backed Steve Smith's team to topple India in the coming one-day worldwide series, saying their experience in the Indian Premier League will play a key role. "Two young captains, two very good players", the 36-year-old told reporters during a panel discussion ahead of Australia's limited overs tour of India. But somehow Indian skipper Virat Kohli became the focal point when former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi felt that it would have been better with players like Kohli and MS Dhoni in the World XI playing at Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore. "At the moment though, like I said, what's important as a captain is that your team is winning and Virat Kohli's team is winning", he added.

"I think this Australian team has huge potential, I think it's now time to turn that potential into consistent performance". The Royal Challengers Bangalore duo are trying to replicate similar success with the national team as Kohli has been backing the spinner in ODIs and T20Is.

So, it is time to strap your seat belt as the India vs Australia ODI series is scheduled to start on Sunday. Currently, South Africa is at number one position with Australia and India at number two and three respectively. "Very different conditions. Pitches are also going to be very different in the one-dayers and the T20s to what they faced here in the Test series and what they faced in the Bangladesh series", Clarke said. "However in Test cricket, Smith is better than Kohli". Do let us know in the comments! "Smith, I believe, is a better Test batsman", Clarke said during a media interaction in Delhi on Tuesday. "So, I am excited to be back in the group.it's a good opportunity to play against a very good opposition in their own country", he added.

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They are a risky ODI side, especially with players such as Smith, Warner and Maxwell having great IPL experience of playing in India, they can make life tough for the home team. But at the end of the day, it's up to you to be back. With Steve Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch all familiar with Indian conditions with loads of IPL experience behind them, they will no doubt would pose a major threat to the Indian bowling attack.

Laxman picked India to win with a 4-1 scoreline. The players need to identify their roles during this India series.

Smith captained the Pune franchise in the last edition of the cash-rich IPL, arguably the world's most popular Twenty20 tournament. I had a bit of pre-season which was helpful to get strong and fit. "They won nine matches on the Sri Lanka tour and I was more satisfied with the dominating nature of their victories", Laxman said.